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Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

June 13, 2020 (Last Updated: October 28, 2020)

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Take advantage of fresh peaches while they are in season. This Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream captures perfect peach flavor. This is a creamy, rich tasting ice cream with bits of peaches throughout. 

Scoops of peach ice cream in a white bowl.

In the midst of summer, there’s nothing better than homemade ice cream. This peach ice cream is a favorite we keep coming back to. 

Growing up we always made homemade ice cream around the summer holidays when we had large family gatherings. Back then we didn’t have an electric ice cream maker. Nope, we had the hand churned kind.

Churning always became the highlight of the gathering. The ice cream maker was brought out with the custard in a covered container that was placed in the center of the ice cream maker. Then ice was poured in and rock salt was always added to get the ice to melt slightly and make the ice cream colder.

Then we churned, and churned and churned. Everyone had to have a turn or they didn’t get any ice cream. It was hard work and the churning became more difficult the longer it churned. I think I know why we only made ice cream when we had a large gathering. You needed all those people to get the job done!

Luckily today, I have an electric ice cream maker that does all the churning for me. Although one of these days, I might need to drag out the old ice cream maker just for some fun!

Peach ice cream in a glass loaf pan.

Making the custard

This delicious homemade ice cream starts by making a custard. This isn’t difficult, but you do need to follow a few steps so your custard turns out. The entire recipe with ingredients is listed at the bottom of this post.

  • Heat cream, milk, sugar and salt over medium heat
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks until they are smooth and lightened in color. This can be done with a wire whisk or an electric beater
  • Once cream mixture is hot, but not boiling. Turn off heat and remove 1/2 cup of liquid.
  • Slowly pour hot cream mixture into egg yolks while whisking. This helps temper the egg yolks so they don’t cook or curdle when adding to the hot cream mixture
  • Add egg mixture into pot with remaining cream. Pour in slowly while whisking
  • Turn heat back on to medium heat until mixture begins to thicken and mixture reaches 185 degrees
  • Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer to remove any bits from the egg
  • Add peaches and juices
  • Cover and refrigerate until fully chilled, at least 4 hours

Fresh peaches on a gray board.

How to use fresh peaches when making ice cream

I have played around with making perfect peach ice cream for awhile and I’ve finally nailed it. The secret is all in the fruit and extracting as much peach flavor from the peaches as possible. 

My method is to peel and cut up all the peaches into small cubes. Then  put them into a bowl with a bit of sugar and let them sit and macerate. The sugar helped release a lot of the juices from the peaches. This peach liquid is added to the custard mixture which brings beautiful peach flavor.

Once the peaches have released a lot of their juices, I pop them into a food processor and pulse just 3-4 times. This is just enough to break down the peaches a bit more, but still leaves a few pieces. 

Chopped fresh peaches in a glass bowl.

Just look at all that liquid! That’s liquid gold! It’s nothing but the juices from fresh peaches and a bit of sugar. So much yummy flavor and all that liquid and the peaches go into the ice cream.

How do you peel a peach?

If using fresh peaches, you will need to peel the peaches first. 

  • Place 3-4 peaches in a pot of boiling water
  • Remove peaches after 30-45 seconds
  • Place peaches directly into a bowl of ice water
  • Use a paring knife and remove peach peel or skin. 
  • The skin should come right off and not cling to the peach

Can I use frozen peaches?

For years, I have only made this with fresh peaches and they really do make the best peach ice cream. If you have fresh peaches available, use them. There are times of the year when fresh peaches aren’t available and you just have to have some peach ice cream. I have discovered that you can use frozen peaches. Make certain you buy  unsweetened peaches. You just want the peaches and not any sweeteners or anything else added. 

Allow the peaches to thaw and cut them up into small cubes. Add the sugar and let the peaches rest for a few hours. I find you don’t extract as much juice from the peaches as you do when you use fresh, but it still works. Now we can have peach ice cream all year long! 

A bowlful of peach ice cream in a blue and white bowl.

What type of ice cream maker?

I used an electric automatic ice cream maker to churn this ice cream.  Any type of ice cream maker will work fine, just make certain your bowl will hold 1 1/2 quarts of churned ice cream. Feel free to use a hand churned maker too!

Why do I have to churn ice cream?

Ice cream is churned for two main reasons. The first is to help incorporate air into the mixture which helps make a light texture. The second is to stop large ice crystals from forming. The churning keeps everything moving and helps create the smooth texture.

Hardening ice cream

The ice cream maker will churn and freeze the ice cream for you. However, it will still be very soft. Once the churning has stopped, remove your ice cream from the bowl and place in a freezer safe container. Immediately place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. If you have a deep freeze (0 degrees or lower) place your ice cream there. Otherwise, plan on additional time for your ice cream to harden. 

A bowl filled with scoops of ice cream with bits of peaches.

Tips for making delicious peach ice cream

  • Use the best fresh peaches you can find, or if not available, use frozen peaches
  • Make certain your custard is fully chilled (at least 4 hours) before churning
  • You churning bowl should be completely frozen before churning (at least 12 hours)
  • Harden ice cream in freezer after churning for at least 2 hours
  • If ice cream becomes too hard, just let set at room temperature for 10 minutes before scooping
Peach ice cream in a bowl with fresh peaches next to the bowl.

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This recipe was originally posted in July 2016. Over the years, I have made some slight adjustments to the recipe. I have update the recipe and instructions to show these changes. 

Scoops of peach ice cream in a white bowl.

Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

Fresh peach ice cream made from a custard and slow churned
4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 497 kcal



  • 3 medium sized fresh peaches (peeled, pitted and chopped – approximately 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  • Place chopped peaches in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and stir. Cove and let sit for at least 1 hour.
  • Once peaches have released a lot of juice, place peaches and juice in a food processor. Pulse 3-4 times just until peaches are broken up into small pieces.


  • In a saucepan, heat heavy cream, milk and 3/4 cup sugar and salt. Warm over medium heat, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks with a wire whisk or an electric mixer. Egg yolks should become smooth and lighter in color (see pictures in post)
  • Take 1/2 cup of heated cream mixture and pour slowly into egg yolks. Whisk steadily while pouring in mixture.
  • Pour egg mixture back into remaining cream mixture. Reheat over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes stirring often. You do not want this mixture to boil. Mixture will begin to thicken just slightly. You want it to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. An instant read thermometer should read 175-185 F.
  • Place a fine strainer over the top of a bowl. Pour custard mixture into strainer to strain off any small bits of egg or lumps.
  • Stir in vanilla and peaches with juices
  • Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Place custard into an automatic ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 minutes
  • Remove ice cream and place in freezer for 2 hours before serving.


Additional picture details available above the recipe card in the post.

Tips for making peach ice cream

  • Use the best fresh peaches you can find, or if not available, use frozen peaches
  • Make certain your custard is fully chilled (at least 4 hours) before churning
  • You churning bowl should be completely frozen before churning (at least 12 hours)
  • Harden ice cream in freezer after churning for at least 2 hours
  • If ice cream becomes too hard, just let set at room temperature for 10 minutes before scooping
The color of your ice cream may vary depending on the color of your egg yolks.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 243mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 1650IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 1mg
Keyword churned ice cream recipe, ice cream, ice cream recipe, peach ice cream
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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 15, 2020 at 5:16 am

    5 stars
    I have fond memories of making ice cream the old-fashioned way (with a churn and rock salt) at my grandparents house in the summer. Man, I hadn’t thought about that in a long time until I read this post – thanks for the memories there! And as far as peach ice cream, you know I’m all in! I look forward to fresh peach season, so this is one of my favorite times of the year for sure. I foresee a batch of this ice cream in our future! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      June 15, 2020 at 5:48 am

      The churning was so much fun – or so I thought as a kid! The end result was always delicious – and it still is! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alexandra Cook
    June 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    5 stars
    How delicious, Kathy! I love ice cream, and nothing beats homemade.

    • Reply
      June 15, 2020 at 5:48 am

      I agree! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    June 14, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Stone fruits (and berries) are one of the highlights of summer. And so it making ice cream! So this is a win-win. What a beautiful and deliciously creamy recipe! πŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      June 15, 2020 at 5:48 am

      I love the bounty of summertime and love using everything possible!

  • Reply
    December 6, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I am keen to try this however we have a fabulous nectarine tree in our yard. Will it work with nectarines instead?

    • Reply
      December 6, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Hi Jenna,
      I have not tried making this with nectarines. However, peaches and nectarines are interchangeable in so many recipes so I think it should work. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. πŸ™‚

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      April 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      5 stars
      I made this ice cream recipe and everyone absolutely LOVED IT! SO CREAMY AND DELICIOUS! I added a smidgen of peach brandy to it. Kept it from getting ice hard, but not too soft, either. Just right!

      • Reply
        April 17, 2020 at 6:08 am

        Thanks! And I love the idea of a bit of brandy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    September 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    5 stars
    Decadent and delicious! What a treat. I browsed several recipes and picked this one. Haven’t made ice cream for probably 25 years so I knew a made from scratch, no shortcuts, no lite versions was what was required. I did take a cue from some other recipes and added 2 tsp fresh lime juice to brighten the flavor of the peaches and counter some of the heaviness of the cream and eggs. Thank you Kathy for sharing your recipe.

    • Reply
      September 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks! If you’re going to make ice cream, it’s got to be the real thing! Thanks for the tip about the lime juice. I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for leaving a comment! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    August 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    How can we make it eggless if have egg allergy?

    • Reply
      August 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Purvi, I’m afraid I don’t have any suggestions to make it eggless. I wish I could be of help, but I’ve only ever made it with eggs.
      Good luck!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2019 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    Ahhh if only I had an ice cream maker! These look fabulous. Homemade ice cream is always the best and worth the extra effort πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      You might have to put one on your wish list! Homemade ice cream is soooo worth it!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2019 at 6:47 am

    5 stars
    I wish Peach Man came to our town! My mouth was watering the entire time I was reading this post. Gotta try this one!

    • Reply
      June 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      We are lucky that he brings his produce to us, otherwise I’d be without delicious fresh peaches!

    • Reply
      Debbie S
      July 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Not sure why people can rate a recipe at all when they haven’t made it! Seems like most of the people have done this here. So I guess it looks like a 5 star recipe. Not helpful.

      • Reply
        July 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

        God, I totally agree! It makes it very difficult. I AM making it so I will review afterwards!

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    June 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds amazing and so cold and refreshing. I could go for it right now. Think I am heading to the store to get what I need this afternoon. Super excited!!!!

    • Reply
      June 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      You’re in for a treat! Enjoy!!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Shafer
      July 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      What size ice cream maker did you use…2 quart or 4?

      • Reply
        July 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

        I use a 2 quart ice cream maker.

  • Reply
    June 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    5 stars
    Fabulous way to enjoy fresh peaches while they are in season. Delicious ice cream that can surely make any hot day a little bit cooler! Yum.

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